Although Thanksgiving of 2005 is now a distant memory, it still stands out clearly in my mind. It was my turn in the family rotation to host and prepare the meal, so I did what everyone else does: a turkey! Since this was my very first bird I knew I needed a plan. My mother suggested to me (on several occasions) to use an oven bag for cooking turkeys in. Not a bad idea, I thought, but I want something more, something different. After half an hour on line my husband and I chose a recipe from culinary master Wolfgang Puck. I didn't know who he was exactly, but his name sounded impressive and who could be wrong with his two page recipe? The website listed reviews by various other brave souls who had taken on this endeavor, and they all commented the same: “A lot of work, but worth it!” Next, out of curiosity, I asked my sister-in-law how she prepared her bird, and was astonished to get the same “bag” answer. Finally, the day arrived for my shopping excursion to purchase all the needed supplies and ingredients. In every store, always with the roasting pans, were those turkey bags! Later that evening I sent my husband on a last minute errand to find a pan big enough for the turkey. Upon his return he proudly announced, “I saw these and thought you might need them,” and produced a box containing two turkey bags! At this point I became paranoid and considered it a possible conspiracy… “use the bag”… “use the bag”… “use the bag”. But my masterpiece recipe didn't call for a bag. Could Wolfgang be mistaken?
Early the next morning I stumbled into the kitchen at an unreasonable hour to prepare the bird. I had chopped, minced and crushed all the necessary ingredients the night before, but it still took half an hour to get the thing stuffed, rubbed and into the oven. I crawled back into bed, satisfied with my thoughts that this was going to be the best turkey ever! As I lay drifting back to sleep I couldn't help but realize some parallels between my turkey endeavor and my homeschool endeavor.
First of all, I am doing what everyone else is doing… I’m attending to my children’s education. But unlike most people, I am not satisfied to do it the same way. I want something more, something different. Since my precious children have been entrusted to my tender care, I knew I needed a plan. After much prayer, much reading, and even more research on top of that, my husband and I decided to homeschool our children. Our Master Teacher has given us a grand recipe for our children’s education, one that no doubt is, “a lot of hard work, but worth it!” And it doesn't include using a “bag”! (aka public school) Could He be mistaken? I think not! The Lord has been faithful to teach us, that we may teach our children. So it is my prayer that those of us who have answered the high calling to homeschool won’t be timid about doing it differently, but to do so boldly and with confidence.
By the way, the turkey turned out great… and I didn't have to use a bag! Since I've written this article, I've used the same recipe a few times and it is divine. Click here for the recipe.